THE Mumbai Police are hunting for one of their own motorcycles ‘stolen’ in the early hours of Friday from a street in Kurla. According to senior police officers, the motorcycle of Indian make was stolen from Kurla (West) between 12.30 and 1.30 am. The black motorcycle was used by two constables attached with VB Nagar police station.
In the beginning of August, they were deputed as beat marshals for beat number two, Masrani Lane P Chowky.
Senior police inspector Praveen More said an FIR had been registered against unknown persons for theft under the Indian Penal Code. “It is our priority to find the vehicle as the motorcycle belongs to Mumbai Police and should not be used for any crime. A departmental inquiry will be set up and appropriate action taken against the two police constables, who are now part of the search party looking for the motorcycle,” he said.
The police said the two constables claimed their motorcycle was “misplaced” after they parked it near Jay Bhavani Chowk in Kurla (West).
Senior police officers said the beat marshals took Masrani road route while patrolling Friday after midnight and went inside a “notorious Bhalekewadi slum” off the New Mill road.
“After parking, the rider took the ignition key with him. However, the constables did not lock the handle of the vehicle. The constables went into the slum for routine check and were away from their vehicle for at least an hour. When they came back, they couldn’t find their bike and contacted the control room,” said a senior police officer with the VB Nagar police.
According to More, the motorcycle had no police sticker or any other marks to suggest it belonged to a policeman.
“The motorcycle is at least five to six years old and its fuel tank was recently replaced. The word ‘police’ was not even etched on the number plate,” claimed More.
The police said there were no CCTV camera in the area. They are rounding up possible eyewitnesses.